Just when it appeared like Ziggy and Dean were back together for good, he asks her to move out in this week’s episode of Home And Away. Is it finally over?
It comes as we learn that Dean (Patrick O’Connor) is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of a prior injury and refuses to take his pain medicine.
There’s no denying Dean is still recovering from the horrific automobile accident that almost killed him. Dean asks girlfriend Ziggy (Sophie Dillman) to leave the farmhouse while he repairs it this week, which crushes her heart. Why would he do such a thing?
“Last time [he was hurt], Willow [Sarah Roberts] was caring after him as a friend, so he was fine with showing her how helpless he was,” Patrick, 28, tells TV WEEK. “Ziggy, on the other hand, is a different tale. He wants to be the guy she need, but he isn’t now in a position to do so.”
Dean has fallen down and is in severe pain when his younger sister Mackenzie (Emily Weir) arrives. As she tries in vain to get her brother to take his pain medicine, he begs Mac to get him back into the sofa.
Dean eventually admits the truth: he became hooked to prescription medications the last time he used them and doesn’t want to do so again.
Doctor Logan (Harley Bonner) deduces that Dean is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of the prior accident that killed his friend. While Ziggy reluctantly agrees to leave Dean as he has requested, Mac resolves to stay to assist her sibling in getting better and getting back on his feet.
“At this point, Mackenzie acts as a conduit between Ziggy and Dean,” Patrick explains. “He lacks the courage to tell Ziggy how he feels emotionally and physically, so he enlists the aid of Mackenzie.”